We need to take physical inactivity as seriously as smoking and alcohol abuse

Physical inactivity should be given equal priority to smoking and alcohol abuse, according to leading doctors at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In 2012, the medical journal The Lancet has labelled a lack of physical inactivity as a “pandemic” which accounts for more than five million deaths around the world every year. This is equivalent to the number of deaths caused by smoking.

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The College has called for health practitioners to ask patients about their physical activity together with questions whether they smoke or drink during medical assessments, with the level of physical activity to be treated with the same importance as smoking cessation and any other serious conditions.

Physical activity is proven to help prevent major diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart attack and some type of cancer. Health practitioners are urged to give patients advice on how to be more active on a daily basis, with at least 30 minutes of an activity such as walking, cycling, and playing sports.

Exercise physiologists are well placed to ensure that exercise is being done safely especially where there are a number of comorbidities.

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